A Tail of Phage Adhesins

Structure. 2018 Dec 4;26(12):1565-1567. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2018.11.008.


In this issue of Structure, Dunne et al. (2018) unveil the architecture of Salmonella phage S16 adhesin. The structure unravels a beads-on-a-string topology consisting of three domains of which the C-terminal glycine-rich PGII domain, located at the distal tip of the long tail fiber, mediates cell surface attachment and host recognition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Bacteriophages*
  • Peptides
  • Salmonella Phages*
  • Virion


  • Peptides
  • polyglycine